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We look forward to announcing details for our third round of Request for Proposals in early October 2020!

We will be seeking new ideas to save or improve the lives of the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.

The Problem

Today, more than 201 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.

Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.

The Solution

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.

Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.

What is Happening Now

The second round call for proposals is now closed. Thanks to all those that applied!

Details for round 3 will be be posted 2020.

Visit the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.

The second request for proposals (RFP) closed in July 2019 and focused on innovations that provide, supply, or locally generate: 1) energy; 2) safe water and sanitation; 3) life-saving information; and/or 4) health services and supplies to help conflict-affected people.

This resulted in 648 applications from 80 different countries; 58% of which came from lower- and middle-income countries. We saw a 65% increase in applications from the Middle East and North Africa region, and a 16% increase from sub-Saharan Africa.

We are currently evaluating the proposals.

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